This weekend we have the medium and soft tyres in action, with tweaks made to the construction of the tyres so they are more like 2012 build, with 2013 compounds on top.
Adrian Sutil celebrates his 100th Grand Prix this weekend, the team gave him a wheel hub signed by all the team members. Sutil starts from 11th for this milestone event for him.
Interview with Jenson Button: "It's a special little circuit, it's like a go-kart circuit in a Formula One car. A bit bumpy here and there, but it's got quite a nice flow about it... The pity is it's difficult to overtake. I think today it's going to be difficult to get past the cars in front, but we'll give it a go. With the temperatures so high, anything can happen."
Vijay Mallya signs Sutil's hub, via @clubforce
Daniel Ricciardo qualified well and made his way into the top ten for the fourth race weekend in a row. He starts from eighth on the grid, whilst teammate Jean-Éric Vergne is down in 14th.
The pit lane has opened and the cars are piling out, some are completing practice starts as they pause at the pit exit.
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel lap time penalty||0.3s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||18.8s|
|Pit lane length||364m|
Presumably, the pit lane loss figure may change with the reduction of the maximum speed allowed - brought in early to try and increase pit lane safety.
A clear demonstration of the track just getting quicker and quicker as the weekend unfolds.
|Free Practice 1||S Vettel||1:22.723|
|Free Practice 2||S Vettel||1:21.264|
|Free Practice 3||R Grosjean||1:20.730|
Sebastian Vettel leaves his garage to head to the front row, via @InfinitiGP
As Rosberg made his way round for his installation lap, team radio informed him they needed to get him back in the pits and in the garage too. Could be a problem for Nico?
Interview with Adrian Sutil: "It's a long race, very high temperatures today but I look forward to it. It's a challenge.It's all about cooling, especially the engine runs very hot here. There might be a scenario you have to go out of the slip stream of other cars to bring the temperatures down a bit. It's definitely a challenge today but everyone has the same problem."
Tweet from @sarahholtf1: Nico Rosberg got his heart-rate going playing keep-uppy again before getting into the car. The rest of us struggle to climb stairs here...
Interview with Pastor Maldonado: "The car actually looks much better. I think the potential was to be in the top ten, just we missed in quali 2... We are looking forward to the race, it's going to be a tough one, not only from a driving point of view, for the car. Hopefully the start is good and we can recover some places."
Rosberg has been pushed on to the grid, so whatever problem he had, they must have patched him up and sent him on his way.
Interview with Adrian Newey: "This sort of ambience is right on the limit of what we designed the cars for. Tyre temperatures are a problem, but cooling them is difficult. Brakes are on the edge, it's on the upper limit. The start of the race isn't the problem, some of the temperatures will continue to build during the first stint. As long as it's a sensible pit stop, no [the temperature won't affect it], if it's a long stop that's when you have problems."
Panorama! Squint and you might be able to spot something! Via @OfficialSF1Team
Ted News: The Mercedes crew were playing around with the front suspension, and they are still looking at it on the grid. Chief engineer says the car is okay, though.
Interview with Mark Webber: "We'll see what we can do in terms of different tyre strategy maybe. Need to roll the dice on that one. We need to look for some clear air. We have the pace to do a pretty good job in clear air, but that's not going to be easy round here, it's like Monaco trying to find that sometimes. Our strategy probably won't be over until the back end of the race, because we'll have to see how late we can do our last stop."
Tweet from @pirellisport: We think it will be a two to three pit stop race, maybe with a tendancy towards the 3 stops as it is very hot...
Interview with Daniel Ricciardo: "Hopefully we can stay in the points. We qualified pretty high up the grid for what we are. Don't know if we can move too much further forward, but hopefully stay in the points.""
The drivers are putting their helmets on, waiting until the very last minute to ditch their cool vests and climb into the car.
Tweet from @GPGuide: Wish we could track who finishes their on-board fluid container the quickest ! Dehydration and focus will be an issue today.
Five minutes to go, last minute preparations on the grid.
Pastor Maldonado readies himself to race, he starts 15th on the grid today, via @WilliamsF1Team
It's worth pointing out there's an additional DRS zone this weekend. One detection point, two zones one after the other around the start/finish straight.
Tweet from @F1onNBCSports: Damon Hill, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Heikki Kovalainen all claimed their first wins in Hungary. Could Romain Grosjean do the same?
The formation lap begins, with Hamilton leading the drivers down the long straight to the first corner.
The top eight are all starting on soft tyres, the next three on mediums. The rest on softs except Button, Gutiérrez and both Marussias.
Hamilton instructed to engine cool wherever he can, and to back up the grid. They do that normally, of course, but you really don't want to be sitting on the grid for too long in this heat.
Hamilton has pulled to a halt at the pole position grid slot, the final backmarkers round the corner to take up their positions too.
Hamilton makes a great start to zip down to the first corner. Grosjean and Vettel are next to each other, the Lotus goes round the outside into the first corner but can't do it.
Massa has made a great start, but edges out Rosberg who has go off track. It looks like they collided again, Nico has lost a lot of places now.
Massa is up to fifth behind teammate Alonso now.
Rosberg is down in 12th now, after the contact with Massa. There was carbon fibre flying at the time, the pit wall ask if the car is okay.
Pastor Maldonado has made up a few places off the grid, sitting in 11th ahead of Rosberg.
The two Force India drivers are next to each other on track, somehow Paul di Resta has jumped ahead of teammate Sutil for 13th place.
The race start, via @WilliamsF1Team.
Replays of the start now, Grosjean was formidable into that first corner - considering the history. Wasn't taking any nonsense from Alonso, and really pushed Vettel for that second place.
Mark Webber must have made a good start, then, and he's the first of the runners to be on the medium tyres. Jenson Button behind him is also on the mediums.
Grosjean is closing in on Vettel now, and teammate Räikkönen has Felipe Massa in his sights. Two Lotus cars on a charge.
Tweet from @InsideFerrari: #HungarianGP The three in front are around one second quicker than our cars at the moment
Just eight laps into the race and we're starting to see some degradation on the softer compounds already. There's talk of pit stops any time soon.
Team radio to Felipe Massa: "With this front wing problem, can you feel the understeer?"
Jean-Éric Vergne and Giedo van der Garde have both taken their first pit stops of the day.
Race leader Lewis Hamilton pits. Early stop for him.
Pastor Maldonado and Paul di Resta also take their first stops.
Hamilton rejoins the track in eighth place, between Button and Ricciardo.
There's a huge gap between the two Ferrari drivers now, and Kimi Räikkönen is close on Massa's tail.
Nico Rosberg pits, the second Mercedes in for a stop. Ricciardo also pits.
Out on track, Hamilton overtakes Jenson Button. They're not in the same race, but it's a crucial move anyway.
Sebastian Vettel pits from the lead of the race, promoting Grosjean to be the front runner. Massa also comes in for a stop.
Hamilton is easily in front of Vettel as the Red Bull exits the pits. He also drops behind Jenson Button, so will have to do the same overtaking move that Lewis did earlier.
Fernando Alonso comes in from second place, which makes it a Lotus 1-2 out on track.
Alonso rejoins behind the Button/Vettel battle, and ahead of Pérez.
Romain Grosjean comes into the pit lane, struggling to slow it down as he crosses that white line. Kimi Räikkönen is right behind him, a double stop for the mechanics there.
Grosjean returns to the track in fifth, behind Vettel. So nothing has changed in the theoretical lead.
Mark Webber is actually in P1 at the moment, and having started on the medium compound, he could be there for a while.
Vettel is instructed over the radio to keep out of the slipstream of Button to get some cooler air across the car. That's not going to help with overtaking, though.
Felipe Massa is told to do everything he can to get past Adrian Sutil, otherwise their strategy will be ruined. Massa currently 9th with the German ahead in 8th.
Sebastian Vettel continues to hunt Button for position, but the McLaren has some pretty strong defensive moves going on. Grosjean has joined the train too, moving in on the Red Bull.
Vettel moves alongside the McLaren but has to brake hard into the corner and misses out on the move. Grosjean is right there to pick up the pieces too.
Vettel calls for his pit wall to check the front wing, and it does look like there's some damage on the car. I didn't see any contact with Button but there must have been some.
Grosjean makes a move on Vettel down the home straight, but has to brake out of it. It's so close, it can't be long.
Vettel runs wide, he's missed two apexes trying to defend. He's hampered by a damaged car, and could be starting to panic. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso has closed up on them too.
Another lap but this time Grosjean is too far back to make any kind of move on the Red Bull.
Replays show Sutil pitting, which freed up Massa, except it was only for a moment as Kimi Räikkönen jumped him.
Sutil is still in the pit lane, a massively long stop for the car, and then they push him back in the garage. A hydraulic leak brings his 100th race to an end.
Grosjean appears to have backed off the fight a little bit, and there's a train of cars behind Vettel now.
Replays show Nico Rosberg desperately trying to get passed Pastor Maldonado, but locking up and running wide into the corner. THat's the fight for 11th place.
Just as the race leaders were closing in on backmarker Max Chilton, the Marussia dives into the pit lane and gets out of the way.
Mark Webber pits for the first time this afternoon, which puts Hamilton back into the lead of the race.
Pérez and Gutiérrez both come into the pit lane, they're both having reasonably quiet races so far.
Jenson Button is the only driver not to have stopped yet.
It looks like the McLaren's tyres might have gone off now, as both Vettel, Grosjean and Alonso all pass him in the space of one lap.
Grosjean's pass wasn't as clean as you'd hoped, contact between the Lotus and the McLaren, with the rear of Romain and the front of Jenson coming together.
There doesn't look like too much damage on either car though.
Having said that, Grosjean comes into the pit lane.
It's a normal stop, they may just have been checking the car over. Fresh tyres go on the car, and Grosjean returns to the track directly in front of Jenson Button.
Hamilton asks how he's doing, team confirm the pace is good. He leads Vettel by 13.3s.
Incident involving Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean under investigation - causing a collision.
Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne are beside each other on track, the two Toro Rosso drivers circling together.
Grosjean passes Felipe Massa, they were side by side through several corners, Romain had to take a couple of wheels off track, but he made the move stick. 6th place now, behind his teammate.
Esteban Gutiérrez is in the garage, out of the car and taking off his helmet.
Jenson Button has moved up behind Massa now, as Lewis Hamilton heads into the pit lane for his second stop of the day.
The Mercedes crew shaved 0.3 of a second off Lewis Hamilton's stop this time. He returns to the track in fourth place.
Massa pits and rejoins in tenth place, behind an ongoing battle between Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez.
Incident involving Romain Grosjean under investigation - leaving the track at turn 4.
Two investigations on Grosjean so far then.
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton sweeps past a Caterham backmarker. I'm not sure that I've seen a green car for about four races.
Hamilton makes a brilliant move on Mark Webber stick, moving up to third place and putting himself right behind Fernando Alonso. They're so close.
Super quick stop for Sergio Pérez, via @McLarenF1
Vettel and Alonso both pit for their second stops of the afternoon.
Vettel has returned to the track and... duh duh duh, he's behind Jenson Button again.
Replays show Felipe Massa passing Nico Hülkenberg for 9th place.
Hamilton is out in front, and he sets the fastest lap of the race so far.
Drive through penalty for Romain Grosjean - leaving the track and gaining an advantage. The Button collision will be investigated after the race.
Grosjean takes his drive through penalty, and Jenson Button also comes in to the pit lane for his second stop.
Tweet from @alanbaldwinf1: We have now entered the second half of the season. Lap 36 (of 70) of the 10th race of 19.
Drive through penalty for Nico Hülkenberg - speeding in the pit lane.
Entering the second half of the race, then, let's take stock. Lewis Hamilton leads from Mark Webber, who isn't letting the Mercedes get away.
Räikkönen sits third with Vettel tucked up behind him. Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean is chasing Fernando Alonso for fifth.
Pastor Maldonado is in tenth, which would be a points finish for Williams but let's not count our chickens.
Tweet from @Damien__Smith: Poor decision on Grosjean. Didn't deserve that. Everyone goes wide there.
The Lotus mechanics look panicked as they dash fro a fresh set of tyres. Neither driver has come in for a stop though.
The mechanics walk back into the garage, dejectedly. Not this time, chaps.
There it is, Kimi Räikkönen pits. If I was the mechanics I'd say, nope, you missed it. But they don't, they are more professional than me.
Super good stop for Kimi there, even a Mercedes mechanic next door nods appreciatively.
Mark Webber becomes the final driver to come in for at least a second stop, he leaves the track second, and returns third behind his teammate.
Fernando Alonso passes backmarker Max Chilton, leaving Romain Grosjean behind him with a pass still to make on the Marussia. It only takes a couple more corners for the Brit to be left behind.
Valtteri Bottas pulls to the side of the track on the start/finish straight.
Yellow flags and DRS disabled.
The Finn climbs from the car and moves behind the safety fencing, as the marshals deal with the steaming Williams.
Track is clear and DRS enabled again. Great job by the marshals to clear that without a safety car.
Tweet from @steveslaterf1: Webber will need to stop a third time as he hasn't used soft tyres. Needs to take at least 10 seconds off Alonso to have a chance of podium
Grosjean comes in for the fourth time of the day, his third scheduled stop after a drive through penalty last time. That's one ruined race, right there.
Romain managed to miss his mark in the box too, it's a 3.6 second stop, and he's back out in seventh place.
Fernando Alonso comes into the pit lane for his third stop of the race, and the Mercedes mechanics appear to welcome Nico Rosberg.
Jenson Button is under pressure from Romain Grosjean again. He must be having a horrible sense of déjà vu.
Grosjean makes it past the McLaren into turn two, it was a clean pass for once!
Lewis Hamilton comes in for what should be his final pit stop of the day. A good clean stop for the race leader.
He returns to the track side by side with Mark Webber, and the Red Bull keeps the advantage to start with. The Mercedes tried to make the move back and Webber was pushed right off track.
Vettel leads at the moment then, a stop still to come. Hamilton sits second with Webber behind.
In the battle of the backmarkers, Van der Garde leads Pic, with Bianchi ahead of Chilton. They are the final four positions though.
Kimi is informed that Webber ahead of him will come in for one more stop to take on the option tyres. The Lotus driver is seven seconds behind third place Webber.
Tweet from @clubforce: A few cars up the road should still have a stop planned for the remainder of the race. Paul setting fast laps on new rubber.
Sebastian Vettel dives into the pit lane with a cloud of smoke as he tries to get the car slowed down in time. Another three second stop for the crew, and he returns to the track in fourth place, behind Räikkönen.
Team radio to Sebastian Vettel: "The situation is this: You've got Kimi ahead of you, he's going to the end like this. Your tyres are thirteen laps fresher than his, but he's ahead on the road."
Tweet from @F1onNBCSports: Maldonado is running well in P11, he could score Williams' first point of the season if he can make it into the top ten
It's all gone a bit quiet out on track now. This could be yet another race where we watch the chasers run out of laps.
Hamilton is instructed to tweak the diff but he snaps back that he's happy with the car the way it is, and he's trying to focus. Or in other words: "I know what I'm doing."
Webber pits and returns to the track in fourth place, in front of Alonso. That's huge for both championships, and works in Red Bulls favour.
Vettel is less than a second behind Räikkönen, he locks up briefly trying to close the gap to make a move.
|K Räikkönen||vs.||S Vettel|
Everyone from 11th place Pastor Maldonado has been lapped at least once.
Comment from Ryan: Caterham are seriously the worst at letting faster cars past.
Massa is warned to watch out for Rosberg behind him, the Mercedes driver is starting to push.
The gap between Kimi and Seb remains the same, Räikkönen doing his best to hang on to second place.
Replays show Paul di Resta losing the back end of his Force India and just managing to keep control. He's down in 15th, the last runner before Caterhams and Marussias.
Nico Rosberg is out of the race, his car is smoking as he parks it up at turn two.
Streams of smoke pouring from the back of the Mercedes, flames even as the engine gives up.
The retirement promotes Maldonado to tenth place. That's a potential point for the Williams!
Both Red Bull drivers are given the mysterious radio message "Fail 2-2."
Vettel attempts to use DRS and KERS to get past Räikkönen, but he locks up and heads out onto the marbles, dropping back again.
Paul di Resta pits - a final stop or a race over?
The Force India driver isn't returning to the track, this is a double DNF for Force India.
Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to start the final lap.
More locking up for Vettel as he tries to close up into turn two.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix!
Räikkönen crosses the line but has to pull to a halt at the pit lane exit, likely no fuel left on that Lotus, it was a real fight to the line.
|E Gutiérrez||Drive train||30|
|P Di Resta||Unknown||69|
Hamilton thanks his team over the radio as they celebrate a hard fought P1. Vettel says he tried everything, but it is P3 for the German.
A big hug between Lewis Hamilton and Ross Brawn as they reach the podium green room. Vettel says well done, with a handshake for both Lewis and Ross.
Hamilton downs almost a whole bottle of water as the drivers recover from a very hot race.
Even Vettel gets some cheers this time, as the three drivers take to the podium for the national anthem.
You can't see it in those tables, but McLaren have moved to within two points of Force India now.
I was wrong, there were plenty of boos for Vettel there as he raised his trophy in celebration. He ignores it, and they go for the champagne.
Tweet from @tomcary_tel: Hamilton's first win for Merc but his fourth win here in Hungary. He loves this place.
Hamilton takes the top step.
Post-race podium quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "It's an incredible feeling. I really have to say a big thank you to the fans today for turning up, it was great to see their support. And my team, they've done an incredible job. We studied a lot last night, we hoped the tyres would work for us... The last twenty laps I was managing the tyres and cruising.
"I think you could tell I was hungry for it today, I was just going all out. I needed to get past those people, usually I get stuck in races but I wasn't having it."
Post-race podium quotes - Kimi Räikkönen: "I keep making my life difficult on Saturdays so then we pay a price. I had a good car and we managed to do two stops which was the way to jump people. It was a bit tight with Seb but it worked for us and we got some good points for the championship.
"I knew that it was going to be tight but I felt the tyres were good with ten laps to go. In the last two laps they dropped off quite badly, but I didn't have any doubts I couldn't keep him behind... The team worked well, everything worked well for us. Unfortunately yesterday wasn't easy for us otherwise we probably could have fought for the win."
Post-race podium quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "It was not the best race, the start was difficult but I was able to defend second. Lewis pulled in, we thought we had more on the softs but the rear tyres fell off quickly...
"Came out behind Button... Damaged my front wing which didn't help. Lost a bit of speed but tried to hang in there, tried to fight back. Very close with Kimi in the end, but he was quick through the final two corners and I couldn't get him on the streets. Surely, wanted a little bit more today."
Post-race podium quotes - Lewis Hamilton: "This is probably one of the most important Grand Prix wins of my career. To move to a new team and to win for Mercedes Benz is a real privilege. We've got to work hard, you never know how the tyres are going to last elsewhere, but if we can come here and make our tyres last, we should be able to do it elsewhere."
Tweet from @clubforce: A hard race for us today. Time for the summer break, a good occasion to regroup and come back stronger in Spa
The cars held up remarkably well considering the pre-race concerns. Two engine collapses as far as we know, and what appeared to be another botched pit-stop that ended in retirement for Sutil. We could have seen a lot more.
Final gap analysis for the race.
It makes me feel a lot better about the championship that Mercedes have crossed the 200 points border. They're seventy points behind Red Bull, but that's just three race wins and the team are on good form.
Williams pick up their first points of the season, finally getting themselves off that zero mark. It's only one, but at least Claire Williams will be able to answer different questions now.
Tweet from @F1onNBCSports: Longest stint on medium tires: Kimi Raikkonen 29 laps. Longest stint on soft tires: Sergio Perez 15 laps
Part of me does not want to wrap up this Factbyte Factbox, as it's the last one for 26 days. But it's time for the summer break, and the absence will simply make our F1 hearts fonder.
Stay safe and be cool, fact fans!
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References Hungaroring, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Sebastian Vettel
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